Residents in Maybole’s Crosne Street
held their annual Burns Supper on Sunday and the unusual part of
it was that almost all those taking part were female! Dorothy Ward gave
the Address to the Haggis and the Immortal Memory was proposed by
Isabelle Smith. Isabelle is a former school teacher, born in Beith and
spent 35 years in the USA before retuning to Scotland 12 years ago and
currently living in Dunure.
Nell Samson, resident, sang “Bonnie wee thing” and also
proposed a very comprehensive vote of thanks which included the caterers
Sam and Monica from the Dairy Corner, Pat the sheltered housing warden,
June for the table decorations, and especially Dorothy and Isabelle.
The “token” male was David Kiltie who proposed the Toast
to the Lassies and also commented that the site of Crosne Street houses
was where the Kings Arms Hotel had been previously, which was the last
place in Maybole that Burns visited in August 1786 when he had come to
the town to collect money for sales of his first collection of poems.
After his toast Mrs Samson presented David with her copy of a Kilmarnock
edition of the Bard’s poems. He thanked her for her generous gift and
said he was very touched by her gesture.
Branch of the Royal British Legion is once again organising a
Holocaust Day service at the Greenside. The service will be held at 11am
this Friday January 27. Since 2001, the government has asked that
January 27 be observed each year as Holocaust Memorial Day. This is the
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on 27
January 1945. The idea of a national Holocaust commemoration was
proposed with three broad and interrelated aims in mind:
to commemorate the Holocaust or Shoah,
the murder by the Nazis and their agents of six million Jews and
millions of gypsies, Slavs, Russian POWs, the physically and mentally
disabled, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other people belonging to
to acknowledge the repeated
occurrences of genocide around the world since 1945
to renew the commitment of British
people to combat racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia, and to work for
an inclusive, caring and open society.
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Drew Ferguson of
Maybole turned 60 recently and decided he would mark the occasion
with a family party. However, he did not want any birthday presents so
asked that donations to the Ayrshire Hospice be given instead. Last week
he handed over a cheque for a grand total of £815 to the Hospice’s
Fundraising Manager Louis Jardine. Drew and his wife Myra had a great
night at the party and Drew paid tribute to Mandy and Robert, Andrew and
Karen, and Julia for the work they put into making the party such a
great occasion, and Just 2 for providing such an enjoyable occasion.
There were 140 guests there on the night and Drew would
like to thank all of them for their contributions. He would also
like to thank those who could not be at the party but sent on donations.
Louis Jardine, another Maybole boy, thanked Drew for his generosity in
thinking of the Hospice and said, “Drew’s donation will go directly
towards helping Ayrshire Hospice to continue to provide care and
services at no cost to patients or their families.”
Academy Recycling Project:
Last October the school was awarded the Bronze level
award from the Eco Schools Award Scheme Scotland. We received a grant
for £250 which pupils decided to use to purchase waste paper recycling
bins for every classroom and office within the school. We also
approached South Ayrshire Council who agreed to pilot a project with us
whereby we could empty the classroom bins into 4 large industrial size
recycling bins which were delivered to the school. These large bins are
emptied every few weeks by the Council. The school generates an enormous
amount of waste paper and pupils felt strongly that this paper should
not go out with the normal refuse. This project has been designed by the
Pupil Councils and coordinated by the school’s Eco Schools Committee. It
is the pupils and not the cleaning staff who have the responsibility of
checking and emptying the classroom bins.
Committee will launch a new campaign of action this coming Saturday
January 28. The committee will gather at the Town Hall at 11am to unveil
their banners which will be placed at both ends of the town so that
drivers on the A77 will see them.
Peter Mason, chair of the committee,
said he would welcome anyone else who would like to see the banners to
turn up on the day. The intention is to bring attention to the fact that
Maybole has been lobbying for years for a bypass and nothing seems to be
happening despite a petition being signed by thousands of people and
several Transport Ministers visiting the town.
A report on the need for a bypass had
been commissioned last year and was supposed to be produced in the
autumn but so far there has been no response from the Scottish
Executive. Saturday’s action is meant to be the first stage in a process
of campaigning and the Bypass Committee will be contacting other groups
in the town get their support. A meeting of these groups is planned for
All of the candidates in the Maybole
by-election will be contacted also and invited to take part in the
protest this week. Peter Mason said he hoped this action would lead to
the report being produced quickly and that it would be in favour of a
bypass for Maybole.
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Maybole By Pass Committee update.
From Peter Mason, chairman
Earlier last year a consultant firm did a study on
behalf of the Scottish Parliament, on the traffic problems in Maybole.
This survey was supposed to be published in the autumn. The by-pass
committee made the decision then, to take no action and await the
outcome of the consultants report.
contacted the consultant to be informed that the report was still
awaiting the final draft. He told me that he could not give me a copy
without permission of the Scottish Office. I contacted the Scottish
Office asking for a copy of the report but the person who is the project
manager of the report at the Scottish office was not available. I was
assured that he would contact me later in the day but I am still waiting
for him to contact me.
I have made the
decision to call another meeting of the By-Pass committee in January, to
try to find out the feelings of the committee, on this matter. We as a
committee have been in the past writing to various politicians and the
Scottish office, on behalf of the people in Maybole. I also have in my
possession letters of support for a y-Pass from every community council
in South Ayrshire.
John Campbell from Maybole runs
his own Executive Travel service and drives thousands of miles a year
all over Scotland and the rest of the UK. On Saturday he claimed that
the A77 in South Ayrshire is the worst he travels.
“From Golspie,a small village in
East Sutherland on the shores of the Moray Firth, to Portpatrick at the
end of the A77,” he commented, “is a distance of about 330 miles, and
the only main shopping centre you have to pass through is Maybole High
Street.” He continued, “From Fraserburgh, north of Aberdeen, it is the
same.” “There are only two bank hole in the wall units and they are both
in Maybole, and one of them you can almost reach from your car,” he
On the topic of roundabouts he
claimed there are only about four on the main roads north at Perth,
Dunblane and Kirkintilloch but in South Ayrshire there are a total of
eight – five around Ayr and three at Girvan. He said that the roads in
this area are affecting the tourism attracted to South Ayrshire claiming
that holiday operators especially in the golf industry were not
directing people here because of travel conditions.
Maybole Resource Centre is offering free courses for Maybole and
Camera Workshop starting
Monday 16th Jan 7pm – 9pm for 6 weeks.
Making best use
of your camera, transferring pictures to your P.C. printing & editing
starting Wednesday 18th January 7pm – 9pm for 4 weeks.
Learn to shop
on e-bay, safe sites, buying & selling (get rid of your unwanted
Publisher Course for Beginners starting Monday 16 January 2 pm – 4 pm
for 4 weeks.
Learn to use
Publisher for making posters, leaflets & handouts.
starting on Tuesday 31st January 7pm – 9 pm for 3 weeks
Find out what
funders are looking for in an application, what you need to do for a
successful application, what funding is available for community groups.
Computing/Computing for the terrified courses where you can learn the
basics of using a computer are being arranged for the end January
Research courses are being arranged for sometime in February and you can
learn about how to get started with tracing your family history.
are also available using your Individual Learning Account ( ILA.).
Resource Centre (01655 884022) to book your place as soon as possible as
spaces are limited.
Informal and friendly
in Maybole’s Carnegie Building over the next few
months provide a chance to learn locally.
Computing for beginners
Monday’s – 9.30am – 11.30am and
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday’s – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Combine ICT skills with finding
out more about your hobbies and interests on Thursdays 1pm – 3pm
Drop in session – Wednesdays 1pm –
Not a class but a chance to drop
in and brush up your skills, get expert help to sort out problems , or
to learn something new! (There’s no need to book for this session)
Family learning courses
Coffee, childcare and a chance to
relax whilst learning more about parenting skills, stress management,
assertiveness building and cooking for health
To find out more please contact
Carol George, Community Education Office, Carnegie Building, 1 High
Street, Maybole or call 01655 882105
At its AGM last week Maybole’s OIR group outlined its monthly programme
of activities and elected officebearers for the new year. Their
programme of activities are:
Meet 1st Monday of every month in Lesser Town
Hall 2.30 –3.30pm – various talks & demonstrations.
Keep Fit – 1.30 – 3.30pm
Contact Margaret Grant – 01655 883257
Tuesday & Thursday
Swimming: Maybole Pool 10.00 – 11.00 – times vary
according to school holidays
Contact: Helen Sloan - 01655 882950
Short Walk – 2nd Wednesday after monthly
meeting. Meet at railway station.
Contact: Margaret Connell – 01655 883269
Trek – 3rd Wednesday after monthly meeting.
Meet at railway station.
Contact: Jessie McMurray – 01655 883553
Dancing: Town Hall – Every two weeks
Contact: M. Sym – 01655 883000
Barton Tel: 01655 883218
Vice Chairperson Alex
Kelly Tel: 01655 882970
Treasurer Derek Walker
Tel: 01655 889732
Durrant Tel: 01655 883054
- Sat 25 February in Maybole Town Hall
- Town Hall – Every Thursday – 11.15 – 12.30
Contact: Pearl Barton – 01655 883218
Line Dancing –
Town Hall – 1.15 – 2.45pm
Contact: Anne McDicken – 01655 883862
Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland held its AGM last
week and the following officebearers were elected:
President – Col. John Dalrymple Hamilton
Chairman – David Hunter
Vice chairman – William Milligan
Treasurer – Alex Davidson
Secretary – George Taylor
Pension officer – John Bell
Area delegate – George Taylor
Conference delegate – George Taylor
Marshall – David Hunter
In his annual report David Hunter said, “The past year was the 60th
anniversary of the end of the Second World
War and in keeping with other areas Maybole decided to make it an event
worthy of giving thanks to all who had taken part in the War. To this
end Maybole Community Council made a successful application to the
Home Front Recall Fund which was a joint Lottery grants programme
supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Working closely together with Maybole Community Association,
Maybole Historical Society and Maybole Branch of the Royal British
Legion Scotland, they then outlined a programme of events for the town
commencing with a
Drumhead Service and march past to be followed by
a reception hi the Town Hall.
A series of exhibitions based on war time themes were on display in
Maybole Castle which also included a competition for the best war time
recipe using what rations were available during that tune. Culzean
Castle was the venue for a full day of entertainment and displays
of war time vehicles, field kitchens and other forms of displays
the war years.
The celebrations which began in August with the Drumhead Serviceended
in December with a War Tune Concert in Maybole Town Hall.
As mentioned earlier, the Branch continued to work closely with other
organisations hi the town and under the new rules we added four new
Associate Members to the Branch each with connections to other
Our year began on 27th January with our
Service at Greenside which produced a very large turnout of local people
and school pupils to lend their support .
We held our March monthly meeting at Hollybush House.
On 18th June our Standards took part in the Town's Gala
Week beginning 8 July we had use of the Charity Shop which produced
for us the sum of £1089.11p.
The Branch entered a Bowling Team to the Area Bowling Competition at
Troon on 10th July.
On 21st August we held our Drumhead Service which was
admirably supported by Standard Bearers and members from other Branches;
Detachment of the Air Training Corps, representatives from many of the
Town's organisations and people from the town with no affiliation to any
group. We also had Dignitaries from South Ayrshire Council, Maybole
Community Council and Strathclyde Police. Parade Commander was
President Colonel John F Dalrymple Hamilton. OBE. TD.
DL. who took the salute for the
march past accompanied by Commander
John T Lorimer. DSO and Major John C
K Young. TD.
On 14th September John S Kennedy, our American Branch Member
years was able to be present at our Monthly meeting to meet our members
for the first time. John is also Chieftain Of the American Clan Kennedy
Society and is also involved in many Associations in America and since
his return back home has sent to this Branch a copy of two of his books
concerning the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour of which he is a
Following our Monthly meeting on 12th October we were able to
small presentation to a young Australian boy and his family who had
come to Maybole to visit the home of
his great grandfather Peter Gordon
who was killed in action in
Sicily in 1943 and is named on the Town War
On 11th November despite atrocious weather our
Service at Greenside produced a larger turnout than any we have had in
the past and each of the four schools in the Town were represented.
Remembrance Sunday Armistice Service was held in the Town Hall on
November and again the turnout from the Town was tremendous
and in my time with the Branch is the
largest I have seen. Following
our service at the War Memorial the
Branch went to
where we held a short service at the Commonwealth War Graves Section.
Our Standard Bearers attended all of our own Branch parades and were
also present at the Thanksgiving Parade in Ayr on 11th June
and took part
in Maybole Gala Parade on 18th June. They were in Glasgow for
Legion End of the War Parade on 14th August and as part of
end of the War Celebrations were on parade at Culzean on 18th
September and at the War Time Concert in the Town Hall on
Our Branch Standard was also on Parade at the Annual
Hollybush Concert in Ayr Town Hall on 11th November.
The Standard Bearers attended four Sunday training sessions atKilwinning
in January and February. Our Branch donated the sum of £50 to the Town's
I would like to thank all who assisted in the distribution of poppies
the collection of cans in November with special thanks to William Swan,
convener and William Milligan poppy wreath convener for all
I would also like to thank William Milligan and his wife Margaret for
their hard work in arranging for and running the Charity Shop. Thanks
also to Alex Davidson for his work as Branch Treasurer.
The hardest worked member of the Branch is without any doubt our
Secretary George Taylor who works away in the background and keeps us
informed with regard to Legion policy matters and still has time to
all Area Meetings and National Conference. Thanks George; well done.
My final comments for the year are congratulatory; first of all to David
Kiltie on his award of the MBE for his work within the community over
very many years including amongst which is his support for this Branch,
secondly to Bobby Malone on gaining second place in the Area
Standard Bearers Competition and last
but not least to all Branch
members for their continued support over the past year. -
thank you all.”
The next meeting of
Society will be held on Monday February 6 in Maybole Castle and will
take the form of a Burns Night.
The evening will consist of a
selection of Burns songs and poems performed by popular local
entertainers with a light buffet and wine.
Talks for the rest of the session are:
Monday 6th March 2006 – John Steele :
Secrets of Horse Island
Monday 3rd April 2006 – John Miller :
The Smugglers Who Saved the Language
Monday 8th May 2006 – AGM plus Archie
Scobie : Maybole Emigrants
Other planned events include:
Saturday 18th February 2006 – Alloway
Family History Society : Drop In Day in Alloway Church Halls.
Thursday 16th March 2006 – Joint
meeting of Ayrshire Family History Societies in Carnegie Library, Ayr ay
7.30 pm hosted by Alloway FHS – Mrs Joanna O’Rourke, New Register House
: The Scottish Family History Project
Saturday 22nd April 2006 – Scottish
Association of Family History Societies Conference 2006 – ‘Education and
Recreation’ : The Visitor Centre, New Lanark; 10.00 am – 5.00 pm;
further information from the Conference Secretary, Lanarkshire Family
History Society, 26A Motherwell Business Centre, Coursington Road,
Motherwell, ML1 1PW.
Saturday 3rd June 2006 – Troon History
Fair, Walker Halls, Troon, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm : further details from The
Scottish & Local History Department, Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street,
Ayr, KA8 8EB
Saturday 9th September 2006, 10.00 am
- 4.30 pm – The National Family History Fair : Gateshead International
Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF; full details at
The Society is urgently looking for
memories and photographs from the World War II period to make up a new
publication on Maybole from 1939 – 45.
If anyone has anything relevant could
they please contact Dave Killicoat (Tel. 07776 445033) or Maybole
Resource Centre (01655 884022) who will be happy to copy any photographs
or other material and return it to you within a matter of days.
Dave is also issuing an appeal for
local people to help the Society in other ways.
“In the first place,” he says, “local
people can keep an eye out for potential problems with historical places
or artefacts and let us know about them. We try to keep a watching
brief on Lochspouts, the site of a crannog, and also Kirkbride Kirkyard,
to ensure that the excellent conservation work done by South Ayrshire
Council is maintained.
He adds, “If you like a short walk why
not visit either of these sites and let us know if there is still plenty
water in the loch or if the protective fence at Kirkbride is still in
good repair. Better still take a photograph and let us see it along
with a short report. We will be pleased to publish it with due
acknowledgement to keep all our members up to date.”
Dave told us that the Society is very
grateful to Chris Savage, the factor for Cassillis and Culzean Estate,
for letting them know about the things he discovers on his visits to the
various parts of the estate.
One particularly interesting item is
the last remaining wall of a building recently uncovered during forestry
work on the estate north of the B7023 near the present Whitestone.
James T. Gray refers to this in his
book “Maybole, Carrick’s Capital” as the possible birthplace of Agnes
Broun (Mother of Robert Burns) – “The gate lodge has completely gone now
and only part of the gable of Whitestone stands in the wood-land at the
south end …….” Dave says that reference to early maps casts some doubt
on this being part of an earlier Whitestone.
There is also the intriguing sight of
the remains of what may be an old window on an internal wall of a barn
at West Enoch Farm. At first glance these appear to be the remnants of
the wall of a church or chapel but there is another example of this type
of architecture at Dunure Mill that is known to be part of the original
design of the building.
If anyone has anything at all that
they think might be of interest they are asked to send it to send it to
Dave Killicoat at 15F Campbell Court, Ayr, KA8 0SE or e-mail it to
How can you have a story without a
beginning? Until now the story of Robert Burns, our national bard, has
been told with the opening of “born in Alloway on the 25th of January
1759. All the Burns’ trails promoted nationally ignore completely the
life of Burns’ parents prior to their move to Alloway shortly before he
was born, although many do include their deaths by way of directions to
their gravestones! Also omitted is the town of Maybole, possibly the
most important place in the story because, if it were not for the market
there, Burns’ parents might never have met and there would have been no
story at all! Maybole Historical Society would like to see Maybole being
given its proper prominence in the story alongside Alloway, Tarbolton,
Irvine, Mauchline, Dumfries and other locations connected with the bard
and will be working to correct all the omissions and promote Maybole as
“THE START OF BURNS’ COUNTRY RIGHT IN
THE VERY HEART OF IT!”.
It is fairly safe to say that, had it
not been for Maybole and the Fair in the High Street where William
Burnes met and fell for Agnes Brown, our national Bard might never have
existed. William and Agnes married in Maybole on 15th December 1757 and
just over a year later, on 25th January 1759, Robert was born in nearby
Maybole has many other connections
with Burns in his later life and one of the subscribers to his
Kilmarnock Edition of poems was Baillie Niven of Maybole. Returning to
collect the money from his childhood friend, Robert Burns spent a
convivial night in the Kings Arms, which sadly no longer exists except
in old photos.
The Burns Trail rightfully begins in
Maybole - at the now cemetery gate where there was the church that the
Bard's parents were married in on December 15, 1757. To celebrate
the 250th Anniversary of the Marriage of William Burnes and Agnes Brown
several local organisations are working together to put a bid to the
Lottery Heritage Fund to allow the town to mark the occasion next year.
1. Siting of a perspex covered
plinth in the small piece of garden in front of the Factor’s Office at
Maybole Castle containing the bust of Robert Burns originally situated
on the top of the butcher’s shop diagonally opposite.
2. Special Day with extra
events at the Greenside such as a market with local suppliers in period
costume – market from 09.30 – 12.30.
3 Special competition for
shop windows in a 1757 theme with additional money sought for period
costumes and decoration for each shop in the High Street.
4 In addition to the normal
Gala King and Queen etc there would be a William Burnes and an Agnes
Brown. Sponsorship of Floats and walking groups which will all have a
period theme. Parade to start normally at Carrick Academy but there
would be a stop at the Castle while William Burnes meets Agnes Brown and
escorts her to the Gala festivities in the Glebe Park.
5 Large Fair at the Glebe
Park with special displays and stallholders in period costume.
6. Addition of Maybole to the
Burns trail and appropriate signage for the whole trail – STARTING IN
MAYBOLE! (This will also have benefits in 2009)
7. A series of events in the
Castle and Town Hall around about 17th December 2007 themed on Burns’
poetry and music to celebrate the anniversary of the wedding. A large
depiction of the marriage could be projected on to the Castle.
8 Possible production of DVD
of all events.